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The fantastical Manhattan Mountain not only brings a unique and incredible nature topography and skiing to the city, but also retail conveniences that would otherwise be considered an eyesore amongst the historic New York architecture.

The elevated park would create a new natural environment for plant life as well as a habitat for birds, butterflies and small animals. Kim imagines the mountain would be covered with rich grasses, and even a forest. Plus, New Yorkers would be able to experience activities they’d never think a city could provide like hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing and snowboarding.

Positioned on a platform, the Manhattan Mountain park would be in direct sunlight and free from noise and cars. In winter, the mountain would be transformed into a snowboard, sledding and skiing destination, accessible to everyone in the city. A residential tower that would rise from the mountain would give residents a unique urban living experience, combining the benefits of living in the city with the beauty of living in a mountainous area.

To support the Manhattan Mountain, both physically and financially, Kim designed a series of big box stores like Target, Best Buy and IKEA, hidden beneath the park. Kim feels Manhattan lacks the conveniences that these stores provide, so bringing them to the Lower East Side would stimulate the economy of the area, providing hundreds of jobs. But since the design of these stores conflict with the architecture of Manhattan, hiding them beneath the Mountain is a solution to incorporate their presence into the cityscape.

+ Ju-Hyun Kim

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  1. ohreally November 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    THIS IS A HORRIBLE DESIGN FOR LOWER MANHATTAN.

    I am so tired of big, international brands (including architecture firms) coming here to \”take New York by storm\” with their craptastic ideas. Can you just imagine the wind chill coming off of that thing in the wintertime? Not to mention that big box stores would put all of the mom-and-pops out of business. Mom-and-pop shops are owner-operated and not only provide a few salesclerk jobs at close to minimum wage, but also provide owners an opportunity to attain or remain at middle class income levels. Big box stores decrease the overall economic picture for workers and residents alike.

    If you doubt that that is a net negative for New York, google the fast food workers\’ and Walmart workers\’ strikes. I also suggest that you watch Frontline\’s piece on Walmart, available for free at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/walmart/

  2. David Bergman July 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Aghh. This couldn’t be more wrong for Manhattan and the Lower East Side.

  3. cool door April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Aspen+Mall+Skyscraper seem exciting to me!

  4. brook April 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Just one (of many) problem with big box stores in LES is scale. So Ju-Hyun Kim thinks putting a mountain on top is the solution? Horrible idea. Pays zero attention to the site.

  5. a steve April 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    If they build it, I will be the first one to visit!

  6. jbuchheit April 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    ouch…it seems like the type of proposal created by someone who neither lives in new york or has visited it. maybe in LA it would work, but in new york this proposal is just stupid.